What to do in Woods Bay State Park

Woods Bay features a geologic formation known as a Carolina Bay. The origin of this elliptical depression is as mysterious and unique as the wildlife found in its swampy habitat. Most Carolina Bays are found in the coastal plains of the Carolinas. Woods Bay offers a variety of natural habitats in which many species of wildlife can be found. Visitors to this 1,541-acre state park can enjoy a boardwalk and a canoe trail extending into the bay and a trail around the mill pond.

Woods Bay offers a nature center which is handicapped accessible. The Mill Pond Nature Trail is an easy 3/4 mile loop. The Carolina Bay Boardwalk is an easy 500 feet one-way. The canoe trail goes for one mile. Canoes can be rented at the park. Visitors enjoy fishing off the boardwalk into a Carolina Bay. One picnic shelters is available free on a first-come, first-served basis or can be reserved for a fee.

Woods Bay offers opportunities for hiking, canoeing, viewing nature, viewing interpretive sites, and picnicking.

Woods Bay State Park is located in eastern South Carolina, east of Sumter. The park sits off I-95 (exit 146) and US Highway 301, 3 miles west of Olanta.

South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

11020 Woods Bay Rd.
Olanta, SC 23114

Phone: 843-659-4445

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